John B West: Lectures of Respiratory Physiology

A description of the lectures and why they were developed can be found here
By John B. West

John B. West worked at Hammersmith Hospital in London in 1960 and received his PhD degree from London University in the same year. As a physiologist, he joined Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan scientific and mountaineering expedition in 1960-61. Twenty years later, he led the 1981 American Medical Research Expedition to Mt Everest.

After working as a postdoctoral fellow with Hermann Rahn at Buffalo in 1961-62, he returned to London as Director of the Respiratory Research Group at Postgraduate Medical School (1962–67) and was promoted to University Reader there in 1968. After sabbatical leave at the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California in 1968, he was invited to join the faculty of the new School of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego as professor of medicine and physiology.

Other roles include those with the NIH Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Study Section (1971–75; chairman, 1973–75), the Physiology Committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners (1973–76), and the Cardiopulmonary Council of AHA (1977–78). After election to membership in American Physiological Society in 1970 and to Council in 1981, in 1983 he became president elect, and became the 57th APS President for 1984-85.

For NASA he has been chairman of the Science Verification Committee for Spacelab in 1983 and a member of their Advisory Committee on Scientific Uses of Space Station in 1984. Also in that year he served as a member of a NAS Committee on Space Biology. Since it was first published in 1974, his book Respiratory Physiology: the Essentials (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) has become the most widely used introductory text in respiratory physiology. It has been translated into at least 17 languages.

Lectures in Respiratory Physiology, University of San Diego

1. Structure and Function of the Lung (41:51)

2. Ventilation (35:25)

3. Blood Gas Transport (41:55)

4. Acid-Base Balance (49:53)

5. Diffusion (49:28)

6. Pulmonary Blood Flow (52:04)

7. Pulmonary Gas Exchange I (61:57)

8. Pulmonary Gas Exchange II (55:54)

9. Mechanics of Breathing I (46:57)

10. Mechanics of Breathing II (54:28)

11. Control of Ventilation (60:01)

12. Defense Systems of the Lung (46:27)

13. Respiration Under Stress (55:25)

14. Respiration at the Limit (51:15)

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